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Sunsphere Tower

810 W Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2811
+1 865-251-6861
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Neat and FREE

When I first moved here, I had no idea you could go to the TOP of the Sunsphere, and then I learned... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bridget B
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Sevierville, Tennessee
Nice View and Free

Visited on Saturday morning. Arrived at 9 AM when it first opened. The parking lot was a little... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Shane P
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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300 foot tower built for the 1982 World's Fair.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good36%
  • Average20%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“free attraction” (21 reviews)
“degree view” (23 reviews)
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810 W Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902-2811
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+1 865-251-6861
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"observation deck"
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"free attraction"
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"degree view"
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"world's fair park"
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"elevator ride"
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"great view of the city"
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"free elevator"
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"world fair"
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"entire city"
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"eye view"
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"points of interest"
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"the world's"
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"sun sphere"
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"downtown knoxville"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

When I first moved here, I had no idea you could go to the TOP of the Sunsphere, and then I learned it was FREE? Get out of here. If you're in the area, you've got to do it, just to say you did.

Thank Bridget B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on Saturday morning. Arrived at 9 AM when it first opened. The parking lot was a little difficult to find, but when we did, there were only two cars in a large lot (free parking, at least on Saturday). Walked about 5 minutes to...More

1  Thank Shane P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

During our brief visit to Knoxville, we explored the World’s Fair Park, and the Sunsphere Tower, across from our hotel. I remembered the Sunsphere from the Knoxville World’s Fair, back in 1982. Like a somewhat similar structure in Seattle, and then several from other World’s...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ok, lots of places have splash pads these days for kids. This is not in the same league as any splash pad I've ever seen! This is like being able to cruise around in the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas! Really powerful towers of water...More

1  Thank foodiewinee
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Sunsphere Tower is one of the more unique and famous attractions of downtown Knoxville due to its inclusion in an old Simpsons episode and association with the World's Fair. Visiting on a Tuesday morning, I found the tower to myself and was able to...More

Thank Gmoney221
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I had a quick visit to Knoxville and decided to stroll the 4-5 blocks from our hotel to the Sunsphere. Neither of us had been there since the actual World's Fair in 1982. So glad we did it. First off, it's FREE....More

1  Thank bobby31
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First of all it's free. It's a great way to get a bird's eye view of Knoxville. You can see the surrounding city, world's fair park, river and mountains. It also has some historic facts in the observation tower.Oh, by the way it's free.

Thank terri p
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Reviewed 30 June 2018

Perfect place to visit for an afternoon especially if you are on a budget as we were. Great view with some plaques to point out some of the area's features and history.

Thank Kathy W
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

This is something unique for the city. You go to an observation level inside the gold ball for a view over the city. It is free to do and there is a place to eat inside, too, on another level. Parking is not the best...More

Thank 2doglady
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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

The sunsphere was an interesting tower. We stayed overnight in Knoxville and decided to check it out as it was free and close by. The tower is located in worlds fair park. It is a little eerie as it is very empty and no people...More

Thank Chris E
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foxcaughron
14 March 2018|
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Response from wbk215 | Reviewed this property |
I just checked the Visitor's Center website. They say that Primo Ristorante Italiano 810 Clinch Avenue Knoxville, TN 37902 (865) 249-7321 is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4 pm to 9 pm. I called the number... More
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Jomama1968
26 October 2015|
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Response from A T | Reviewed this property |
Yes, to get inside it is free and the observation deck is also free. I believe there was a restaurant on one of the levels, which obviously would cost you, and you might have to pay for parking nearby to check this out, but... More
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bdawg4555
19 July 2015|
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Response from Gene H | Reviewed this property |
April through October: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. November through March: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. the Sunsphere Observation Deck, 4th Level is open to the public. It offers a 360-degree view of the original 1982 World's Fair... More
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